We've always been using the same rules as the ->97 BoTM, but a suggestion from cyfa2809 got me thinking that it might be time to review the rules a bit, at least as far as the 98+ BoTM is concerned.
As it stands now :
1 ) Please enter your bicycle in the correct BoTM, i.e. no mtbs in rBoTM and vice versa.
2 ) Keep all comments and criticism constructive, avoid personal attacks.
3 ) It is strongly suggested all bikes are placed in the reader's bikes section prior to entry into BoTM. In this way a bike can under go a more gentle critique prior to the spotlight and interest of BoTM. More detail and extra pictures can be added here.
4 ) If you aren't prepared that your bike undergo criticism as part of BoTM don't enter it. We have many 1000s of views on this thread in a month - make sure both you and your bike are ready!
5 ) Don't register 15 extra users to vote for your own bike and for trolling purposes. This will result in a ban from retrobike.
6 ) Bike must be complete.
7 ) Bike must be currently owned by site member / nominee. If the bike is sold prior to or during the contest it will become ineligible.
8 ) Two pictures per bike only.
9 ) One bike per user per month - don't be greedy.
10 ) Judges decision is final.
11 ) If a bike wins BoTM it cannot be re-entered in any poll
by the same owner. If it is sold any re-entry is strictly at the judges discretion.
12 ) Bikes can only be entered once in a normal month and once in a special month. That is you can enter any bike TWICE (unless it wins in which case it cannot be entered again - see rule 11).
13 ) Don't take it too seriously
14 ) Please ensure the frame (and ideally components) is vintage/retro/classic (certain special month excepted).
15 ) The MTB BoTM winners from April 2010 onwards will be featured in MBR Magazine. The winner will receive a years subscription to the magazine also
16 ) All polls end at 23:59.59 UK time (GMT or BST) on the last day of the month.
Most of these make sense, but :
Rule #14 needs to be rewritten at least. "Please ensure the frame (and ideally components) is made AFTER 1997" would be better.
IMO this rule isn't really needed at all. If the bike is from before 1998, people would be entering it in the retro BoTM.
I also feel that rule #1 covers this subject already.
Rule #15 doesn't apply. The winners don't get featured and there is no prize, just a
badge. No idea if there will ever be prizes, that's not my call unless I decide to pay for them myself.
I can't guarantee #16. Sometimes I really can't stay up until midnight UK time, in which case it'll be an hour earlier. I'll always announce that at least 24 hours before I close the nominations, so you know how long you still have.
Now the main topic I'd like to discuss is rule #12.
As Cyfa suggested, it may be a good idea to allow bikes to enter more than twice. Modern bikes here evolve more. Even when we reckon we're done changing things, a few months later we still get the urge to change just about everything.
Some start out with a stock bike, and then modify that completely. Others start with a custom frame and try several builds around that.
I think that 98+ owners tend to modify their bikes more often because we're not that fussed about catalogue spec or period correctness here.
As such, I suggest that we modify the rule a bit.
Not too sure on the exact wording, but I'm thinking along the lines of only entering it twice before serious modifications were done to it. Or "The bike needs to have undergone serious modifications between the last 3 entries" or something like that.
I'm pretty sure a native English speaker will come up with better wording than me.
If you enter it in a "normal month" and it has been entered in one before, include a link to the old picture so people can say if it looks different enough or not. Same with the special months. Or something to that extent.